Greg Norman Describes Ben Hogan’s (And The MCS) Perfect Pivot

I found the following clip on Youtube yesterday, and I can’t believe that no one ever talks about the mechanics of the greatest driver ever on the PGA Tour in the persimmon age.

Greg Norman, when you combine distance, power and accuracy and longevity, is considered to be that man.

Think about it – a better driver of the ball than Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, etc… and of course Norman had a Classic Golf Swing, but the Youtube clip really demonstrates what has been lost in the Modern Golf Swing era when it comes to proper mechanics.

Norman’s Short-Stop Slide

I’ve talked about Norman before, as he was the person to whom I pointed when I would explain that nature of the “short-stop slide,” which I have had as part of my own swing for years – when you swing and make a full turn to the finish, you have to release the trailing foot or you’ll experience such unpleasant things as the “reverse-C” finish (which you saw a lot of in the Classic era when players didn’t release that trailing foot), or in today’s swingers, the jumping leading foot.

What I like about Norman’s swing is that it was self-taught, so while it wasn’t perfect, it’s a specimen of athletic motion you don’t see in many swingers today.

And in the clip below, you’ll hear him describe in his own words the nature of the proper hip action on the back swing pivot:

Now, while I’ve used different wording to describe the proper pivot action over the years, isn’t it interesting that Norman uses the “Piston Action” term in the above video?

Where have we seen this when it comes to MCS?

Ah, yes – those of you who remember the “Kinesiology Of The MCS Golf Swing” video from 2015 will find something very familiar in Norman’s description, right down to the image I chose – the pistons on an old-fashioned steam engine:

Excerpt: “Kinesiology Of The MCS Golf Swing” 2015

There again you find the concept of the shoulders and knees moving in unison, as FAS mentioned in a comment that he really liked… and the fact that I’ve just run across Greg Norman saying the same thing about his hip action that I’ve said tells you one thing – that a proper mechanical motion is universal in execution.

Any great golf swing uses that same action, and don’t confuse a great golf swing with being a great golfer – you can have a terrible swing in terms of mechanics and be a great golfer, and you can have a great golf swing and be a terrible golfer – we’re simply talking about mechanics, and every great golf swing has this same action.

It’s the reason I’ve used different great swings at different times to illustrate my points on the swing – you’ll find the same mechanics in Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, and on and on.

Note: You’ll also hear Norman describe the essence of what I call the “floating pivot,” which concept I gleaned from studying Ben Hogan’s “perfect pivot” action, as I came to term it.

 Norman: “To me it was like, make sure your right pocket turns, but you’re staying on top of your right foot…”

Ben Hogan’s “Floating Pivot”

Take out the variances due to personal idiosyncrasy, and you’re left with the same basic motion.

So, just as you can’t re-invent the wheel, only design better ones from the original, you can’t re-invent proper mechanical motion.

What was mechanically-sound 50 years ago will still be mechanically-sound today, and the so-called “Modern Golf Swing” hasn’t re-invented proper motion – rather it is a mechanically-unsound, dangerous and completely bogus method of swinging a golf club that can’t go away soon enough.

Take it from the greatest persimmon driver ever – swing with the hips & legs and leave the back twisting to those trying to re-invent the wheel.

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